The Machine features in Jaymes Monte's best bet of the second night at the World Grand Prix...
"The double-in format is one that suits Wade’s game"
The short format of the opening round of the World Grand Prix, combined with the double-to-start requirement can be conducive to a few shocks. It can also see a tie quickly run away from a player who is not playing his best darts.
Only a couple of years ago Colin Osborne was threatening to become a top ten player in the PDC. He won the Championship League and reached the final of the UK Open in 2009, then had a run to the semi-finals of the Players Championship finals in 2010. Yet something appears to have gone significantly wrong in the past 18 months.
Now down to number 26 in the PDC rankings Osborne hasn't progressed past the last 16 of a televised tournament in his last 13 attempts since early 2010. While he has won only three of his last eight matches on the tour.
This evening he is up against world number three James Wade. The Machine was disappointed with his first round defeat to Colin Lloyd at the European Championships. However, Wade is notoriously slow to get his game going following periods out of action and the Europeans came following an extended summer break on the PDC circuit, so we can forgive him that result when looking forward to this game.
Otherwise Wade has been typically classy this season, reaching the semi-finals of the Premier League and final of the World Matchplay. He is one of few men to have won the World Grand Prix and has reached at least the semi-finals in each of the last two events. The double-in format is one that suits Wade's game and he should breeze past an out-of-form Osborne tonight.
Back Wade to win 2-0 @ 2.26/5